Hartwell Lake is one of the southeast's largest and most popular public recreation lakes. Built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1955 and 1963 as part of a flood control, hydropower, and navigation project, authorized purposes now include recreation, water quality, water supply, and fish and wildlife management. Each year, millions of people utilize the many public parks, marinas, and campgrounds conveniently located around the lake to pursue a variety of outdoor recreational experiences - making Hartwell one of the most visited Corps lakes in the nation. 


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District oversees a multi-million dollar military construction program at 11 Army and Air Force installations in Georgia and North Carolina and manages water resources across the Coastal Georgia region, including maintenance dredging of the Savannah and Brunswick harbors; operation of three hydroelectric dams and reservoirs along the upper Savannah River; and administration of the Regulatory stream and wetland permitting program within the state of Georgia. With more than 700 employees throughout Georgia and the Carolinas, the Savannah district team provides expertise across a wide range of disciplines—from engineering, architecture, design, construction, and master planning to subsurface exploration, hydropower, and environmental stewardship.

For More Information about these topics, please visit the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Website here or visit their office at 5625 Anderson Hwy, Hartwell, GA 30643. 

  • Lake Hartwell History

  • Shoreline Management

  • Natural Resources

  • Hydropower

  • Camping

  • Day Use Areas

  • Picnic Shelters

  • Boating

  • Fishing

  • Swimming

  • Hunting

  • Trails

  • Lake Hartwell Dam Visitor Center

  • Programs & Tours

  • Special Events

  • Water Safety

  • Career Opportunities

  • Generation Schedule

  • Hydrologic Data & Levels

  • Lake Level Management

  • Brochures and Maps

  • Other Recreation Links

Hart County Chamber 

Residents here enjoy the best of all worlds with a superior quality of life in raising a young family, great schools, an engaged volunteer based community, lots of events and yet a perfect place for retirees who are looking to slow down and enjoy the view of our Lake or our farmlands. The air is clear, the lake is clean and the woods are full of birds and nature to make any day in Hart County a great day!


Visit the Hart County Chamber of Commerce for more information about our amazing community. 

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